The new era of digital innovation: BCIT co-hosts the Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit 2022

The world is at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will fundamentally alter the way people work, live, and play as we accelerate the move towards digital platforms. In understanding the impact of technologies and innovation on privacy and security, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Northeastern University – Vancouver (Northeastern) are co-hosting the Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit (VIPSS) in Vancouver on March 9-11, 2022.

“Digital transformation continues to be a shared journey for the world and requires a collaborative effort to inspire innovative and global progress,” said Steve Wilson, BCIT Centre for Digital Transformation. “The Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit serves as a catalyst in bringing BCIT, Northeastern, industry, and government experts together to tackle complex problems and reimagine the future.”

A hybrid event for security and privacy professionals from around the world

From live streaming keynotes to virtual and in-person collaborative sessions, the three-day VIPSS Summit offers a virtual and in-person experience for all delegates. With over 1,000 international subject matter experts from government, private sector, and academia expected to be in attendance, topics of discussion include the impacts of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, e-commerce, bioethics, facial recognition, blockchain, crypto currencies, data governance, digital health, hybrid workplace, cyber resilience, metaverse, mobile security, smart campus, digital transformation, and other innovation in the field.

BCIT security and privacy experts to speak at the Summit

Some of the Institute’s very own subject matter experts, including Dr. Tom Roemer, Vice President, Academic, will be speaking at the Summit, offering leading-edge insights.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 |1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST

Steve Wilson, Director, BCIT Centre for Digital Transformation and Smart Campus Initiatives, will be participating in the VIPSS Education Sector Day Sessions.

Educational leadership in the new era of digital innovation. Offered in virtual interactive sessions online, we have special guests from Northeastern University, BCIT, and ISACA Vancouver, all with the single objective of participating in conversation that might generate new ideas around improving the flow of BC’s cyber talent into the workforce. Whether you are a student in search of a career, or a seasoned veteran looking to mentor someone, or an industry observer looking for the discourse needed to bring more qualified cybersecurity professionals to bear against one of modern society’s biggest pains today.

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 2:55 pm – 3:55 pm PST

Sunny Jassal, Director, Cyber Security at BCIT, will participate in a panel on The New Hybrid Workplace.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated and in some cases mandated that organizations and government work from home. The shift may rival workplace transformations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The rapid shift to work at home was enabled by preconditions. Broadband services allow for document downloads and videoconferencing and remote work seems both normal and acceptable. Major challenges lie ahead. Are we prepared to provide the security and privacy needed in the work at home environment?

Organizations of all sizes, from all industries, rely heavily on cloud computing to operate. The massive shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased this reliance. In fact, a sector built around fables of industry “disruption” has enabled many to maintain constancy, connection, and business continuity–and afford some enterprises new opportunities.

How can advances in computing power, networking, AI and devices help businesses, governments, and citizens thrive in a world that has been disrupted?

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 4:05 pm – 4:50 pm PST

Dr. Tom Roemer, Vice President Academic, BCIT, and Steve Eccles, Regional CEO and Dean, Northeastern University Vancouver, will provide the Title Sponsor Keynote Address: Working in partnership towards educational leadership in the New Era of Digital innovation.

In the new era of digital innovation and lifelong learning, it has become more important than ever to provide educational opportunities with unlimited pathways for students to ensure they achieve their educational career goals. During this presentation will discuss the recent partnership MoU between the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Northeastern University – Vancouver, and demonstrate how educational partnerships like this can be used to advance research and innovation in British Columbia and, build stronger futureproof communities.

Preparing students for the future of cybersecurity in an increasingly digital space

Through collaborations with industry and government partners, BCIT continues to train cutting-edge digital talent to tackle cybersecurity and other issues – and the VIPSS is just one of the many initiatives helping the Institute achieve this goal.

As a leader in delivering future-proof, applied education in collaboration with industry partners, BCIT equips graduates with skills and knowledge required for a spectrum of cybersecurity roles in various industries. BCIT offers several programs – from Computing to Forensics – to help launch an in-demand and dynamic career in the field of cybersecurity. Through this unique applied education model, BCIT is empowering people, shaping BC, and inspiring global progress.

Hear from BCIT and others at the upcoming Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit and learn more about cybersecurity-related programs, including Part-time Studies options.

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